Police In Riot Gear Disperse Protesters In Pittsburgh During Rally To Support Black LGBTQ+ Community

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police in riot gear dispersed protesters during a rally for the Black LGBTQ+ community.

On Friday, the group of about 100 people gathered at Freedom Corner before walking toward PPG Paints Area.

Organizers and community leaders in the group reminded everyone to keep their masks on and stay at least an arm’s length apart.

(Photo Credit: KDKA’s Shelby Cassese)

The group later split, with half the group heading back to Freedom Corner. The other half remained in Uptown, and police in riot gear showed up. There we no reports of any violence.

The police told the group to disperse at Washington Place and Bigelow Boulevard.

Protesters chanted “Why are you in riot gear” when police arrived.

“Police in riot gear have showed up telling people to disperse. They are moving forward. Some cars caught between the police and protesters at Washington Place and Bigelow Boulevard,” KDKA’s Shelby Cassesse posted on Twitter.

The police declared the protest an unlawful assembly. Police say one person was arrested for failure to disperse and obstruction of roadways.

KDKA’s Shelby Cassesse reports protesters began walking away after police gave a “third and final” warning to disperse. The protesters all dispersed around 6:30 p.m.

The police told KDKA an unlawful assembly was declared because “a small group of protesters on foot and in vehicles blocked vehicle access to the 579 on-ramp creating a traffic and safety hazard.” Police also said, “The demonstration was very peaceful.”

The protesters were upset when a few cars got through to their group during the protest. All of the cars eventually turned around.

It was a peaceful protest overall, aside from the tense moment with police in riot gear.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.